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Kip Kinkel's Case May Head To Nation's Highest Court

Thomas Hawk

Kip Kinkel’s attorney says he’s disappointed by today’s Oregon Supreme Court’s decision to uphold his client’s 112-year sentence.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, there’s a few more recourses Kinkel’s defense may pursue.

Portland Attorney Andy Simrin says a federal habeus corpus case that had been paused during the state Supreme Court review can now resume, which would review whether his client’s detention is lawful. They can also add arguments from Miller v. Alabama, a 2012 United States Supreme Court case that deemed lifetime imprisonment for juveniles was unconstitutional.  Furthermore…

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Attorney Andy Simrin

“We can file what’s a petition for a Writ of Certiorari," says Simrin. "It’s like an application to get the case directly into the U.S. Supreme Court.

"And if you’ve got a good federal issue that they haven’t written on before, then there is some chance that they may be interested.”

Simrin declined to share Kinkel’s response to the Oregon Supreme Court’s decision.  20 years ago this month, the then-15 year old student killed his parents, two classmates, and wounded two dozen more at Thurston High School in Springfield.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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